JUST IN: Netanyahu gives up on forming a government, returns mandate…

Netanyahu has officially given up on forming a government in Israel and is passing the torch to Benny Gantz, the opposition leader. What this really means, however, is that Israel is probably headed to more elections:

Gantz is expected to officially get the mandate tomorrow:

If you happen to speak Hebrew, here is Netanyahu’s announcement on this:

For those who don’t speak Hebrew, the Times of Israel summarizes his comments:

In a video statement, Netanyahu said he had worked “incessantly” over the past 26 days to form a “broad national unity government,” which would include his Likud party’s religious allies and the rival Blue and White party, but had been thwarted by its leader Gantz. “That’s what the people want,” he said. “That’s what Israel needs.”

“Over the past few weeks I’ve made every effort to bring Benny Gantz to the negotiating table,” Netanyahu said. “Unfortunately, he just simply refused time after time.”

I guess in another month Israel will be headed for new elections, unless Gantz pulls off a miracle. This would be the third election since last April.

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